LONDON – Scotland has become the first country to end “period poverty” by offering free sanitary products to women of all ages.
Free monthly products already available to students in high schools, colleges and universities across Scotland. And a bill passed by the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday will make pads and tampons free across the board.
The lawmaker who submitted the bill’s draft proposal, Monica Lennon, said she was pleased to receive support across Scotland, including the civic party and “people who have lived their lives in poverty and who do not know what it is. When products are needed, they have access . “
Although the bill voted in favor of 12 votes, none in favor of it, and no one was negligent, some lawmakers warned that the law faced a number of obstacles before it became law, though they considered it irrelevant. One of these is the annual expenditure that the government puts in about $ 1 million.
Britain imposes a five percent tax on tampons – the British government has failed to abolish all taxes on struze products by 2022, due to European Union rules that have failed to abolish luxury goods classified as “luxury” products.
About £ 2 million or £ 1 million has been donated to women in Britain for the sale of sanitary goods, according to civil society minister Mims Davis last year.
About 10 percent of Britain’s girls were unable to buy expired products, and 19 percent had started using alternatives such as rugs, newspapers and toilet paper due to high prices, According to research by Plan International UK, a women’s rights charity.
The goal of providing free products is also to combat the culture of silence and stigma surrounding silence, which the charity says can create a risk to physical, sexual and mental health for young women. In Britain, almost half of girls between the ages of 8 and 20 are embarrassed to see their periods, research has shown.
Last month, women’s groups criticized the supermarket for sending anti-shopping messages on shelves of super products and warned that such promotions stigmatized women who couldn’t carry the product.
“Period poverty is an issue affecting women and girls across the UK, more than a quarter of jobs or schools are missed because they cannot afford or have access to stru tuberculosis products,” said Mandu Reid, the leader of the Women in Equality Party.
“A decade of hardship has pushed many women into a desperate financial situation,” she said, “and many have been forced to use temporary items, shoplifts, or go without these basic necessities.”